New X Factor NZ recruit Melanie Blatt has posted a couple of pics on Instagram from what looks like rehearsals with her fellow judges.

With Ruby Frost:

Gorgeous ruby @ruby_frost

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And with Daniel Bedingfield: Continue reading »

luke_mitchellHome and Away actor Luke Mitchell has been cast in a new US pilot called Tomorrow People.

The actor, who has played Romeo Smith on the Aussie soap since 2009, joined the project at The CW network to play a character called John Young.

Tomorrow People is a remake of the British sci-fi series from the 1970s. It focusses on several young people who represent the next stage of human evolution in that they possess the ability to teleport and communicate with one another telepathically. Continue reading »

Q+A2012She’s filled Sir Paul Holmes’ shoes everywhere else so this is a fairly predictable appointment.

Veteran broadcaster Susan Wood will be the new host of TVNZ’s Sunday morning political show, Q+A.

Wood will take the position previously held by the late Sir Paul Holmes when Q+A returns to TV ONE on Sunday, March 10th. TVNZ Political Editor Corin Dann and Deputy Political Editor Jessica Mutch will continue to interview for the show. They will share that responsibility with Shane Taurima, who was announced this week as GM Maori and Pacific Programming. Continue reading »

It was kinda inevitable.  A locally produced, NZ On Air funded drama up against the Australian cooking juggernaut that is MKR was always going to struggle no matter how good it was or the credentials were behind it.  In Australia, My Kitchen Rules is massive and pulls in around 2 millions viewers per episode.  Here it is consistently rating above 400k so when it launched this it was hardly a surprise to see The Blue Rose take a hit.

The Blue Rose had a slightly better start than the show that made Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall household names.  Back in 2005, Outrageous Fortune debuted with an average audience of 260,751 viewers while The Blue Rose kicked off with 264,380.   Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Big Bang Theory: 46160 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  2. 2 Broke Girls: 31870 (TV2, 9:00pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 23520 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Sons Of Anarchy: 21610 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:40pm)
  5. The Walking Dead: 20470 (TV2, 10:30pm – 11:30pm) Continue reading »

Media3TV3’s decision to move Media3 from Saturday mornings to Wednesday nights after Nightline appears to have paid off with the show pulling off its highest first run rating since moving to the channel from TVNZ7.

The average audience of 29,200 was nearly double the consolidated average audience of the entire last season, and approximately 20% higher than the previous peak.

 

Most watched

  1. One News: 600,810 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 463,080 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. The Big Bang Theory: 457,740 (TV2, 8:40pm – 9:10pm)
  4. My Kitchen Rules: 435,740 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:40pm)
  5. 2 Broke Girls: 363,940 (TV2, 9:10pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

I don’t expect the media to get too excited about last night’s ratings as they’re too busy excitedly predicting the demise of Seven Sharp. Let’s look at the numbers though.

Campbell Live dropped almost a third of its audience last night on Tuesday, delivering TV3 their lowest ratings since TV One launched Seven Sharp.  The 31% fall isn’t too distant from Seven Sharp‘s biggest daily drop of 35%.

Looking at the current graphic, you could come to the conclusion that viewers were switching from Seven Sharp to Campbell Live after the first week but since then, Campbell Live doesn’t appear to have managed to maintain the audience.   Continue reading »

FriendsreunionFriends cast members re-unite

Former Friends cast members Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox have reunited on the set of Perry’s new comedy series Go On. Cox is currently filming a cameo for the show.

Argo actor cast in Hostages

Argo actor Tate Donovan has been cast opposite Toni Collette in the new TV drama Hostages. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project is at the pilot stage currently. Continue reading »

SethRogenThe new season of Arrested Development has added Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen to its cast.

The upcoming fourth season of the comedy series features the entire original cast as well as an array of guest stars including Isla Fisher and Conan O’Brien.

Wiig will play a younger version of Bluth family matriarch Lucille (Jessica Walter) while Rogen’s role is yet to be announced.

The pair featured alongside one-another in the 2007 film Knocked Up.